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“Best Pastrami in California” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hat

Hat
Ranked #6 of 269 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Lake Forest, California
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best Pastrami in California”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Consistantly good everytime. I have been eating at the Hat for 45 years! They know how to give you the highest quality Pastrami everytime you go! My mouth is watering while I write this!

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lake Forest, California
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Pastrami heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Awesome place for a pastrami and chili cheese fries! My wife goes for the "healthy" option which is the turkey sandwhich on wheat. They are very busy during lunch time but they are open late.

Visited October 2012
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Over the top portions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

The pastrami is very tasty and crazy amounts. One sandwich and 1 order of fries is enough to split. The floveor is as good as if you were at a New York deli.

Visited August 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
“Great Sandwich”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

this place is great. For $5 u get chilli fries for 3 people.. THe sandwhiches are big portions. I would recommend the pastromie

Visited July 2012
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Western Hemisphere
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225 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“World's Famous? World's Best?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

Me no think so. World's Famous Pastrami, eh? In what franchise dream world is that? To the left of Arby's? Probably. I am so tired of self titled advertisements: world's famous or world's best, they are just taking too many liberties with the statement.
This is not a great pastrami but the place was booming at lunch time, so forgive me If I am not a loyal fan. Asked for their pastrami, because I find good or should I say great pastrami very difficult to locate in this town, that I just had to try it at a rate of $10+ (drink included). Another sandwich, and this one was a disappointment, was the chicken sandwich at the tune of almost $6.
They have their clientele for every table was taken. That does not mean squat, because Taco Bell is also full at lunch hour and so is Chipotle which according to many in this region is the second coming of mexican food (not true by a long shot). Pastrami very salty and no better than average quality. I say this as the money keeps rolling in so for any diehard: do not take offense that it is not the world's best or really world famous, that is just an advertisement that suit their purpose.
The Hat is a little better than most fast foods but it is also a fast food place itself. Many locations around from what I saw in their menu so what else can I say? I went for the pastrami, and it was a let down. Yes, it was edible but salty and I paid the full price of admission to find out. So there it is there. 3 Stars.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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